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Stratford Bridge Boat on Avon approaching canal basin lock
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Quote of the day No 289

Sunday 26 March 2017

I could not help contrasting a canal I had seen in America with ours at home. Spending six weeks in Washington I walked the towing path of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on several occasions through the beautiful woodlands that flank the Potomac River. It is administered by the National Parks Commission and is beautifully kept. Nevertheless its connection with that river had been cut off and its locks wired up, and only canoes and one mule-drawn barge now cruise its quiet waters. I asked why it was not teeming with pleasure craft so common in all the estuaries and lakes, and was told that it would cost too much to keep a man on each lock. I pointed out that we worked all our locks ourselves and told them the story of the volunteers at Stratford. They seemed impressed, but their outlook suggests that this and other similar canals are monuments of a bygone age, dead pieces of industrial archaeology. I came away feeling more than ever that we must not let our waterways lapse into this sterile state.

David E Owen - Water Rallies

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